Import a RECAP project on the platform

In this article you are going to learn how to import a RECAP project on the platform

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file type

General informations

Autodesk ReCap stands for “Reality Capture” and it is a program for working with actual point clouds from laser scans. Autodesk's ReCap software is a simple-to-use package that allows you to directly open point cloud files and, with the help of a few customizable import settings, filter data you don’t need and work with your files in a more manageable size. 

Choose a point file to import, and it is added to a new ReCap project. The project structure lets you break your scanning down into manageable pieces and work only with the data you need at any given point in time. So, if you had a full scan of a city block, you could break the data down into particular days of scanning data or even by object types, such as buildings in one set and trees in another.

After you’ve selected the files to import to your project, apply filters to the data. Filters allow you to set outer limits to your data, so if you only want a specific area of the scan brought in, just choose a boundary that ends close to it and everything outside the box is not imported. ReCap will also allow you to apply “noise filters” that let you eliminate stray shots that may have been picked up by the scan.

After your data is in ReCap, you can begin selections of what you want to clean up, view, modify, etc. using simple selection tools such as windowing, color-based selection, and even planar selection.


Understand the structure of your ReCap project

Autodesk ReCap can open structured and unstructured projects. Structured projects, most of the time have an .rcp file and the support folder of the .rcp file. Inside the support folder there should be the .rcs files, an .rcs file is equal to a station.

If you only have the .rcs file or the .rcp file + the support folder with only one .rcs inside, that probably means that your project is not a structured scan.

One of the ways to verify if your Project is a structured project is by opening it and checking the icons of each station. Example of structured and unstructured ReCap projects:


Import the project

The platform is compatible with ReCap projects. To be able to upload a ReCap project, you need to zip the folder with the .rcp file and the support folder inside the zip (1) or only the .rcs file (2) if your project is unstructured project.

Once you obtain the ZIP file, you can upload it to a project on the platform.

When you upload the zip file on a project, you have to select a "TYPE" for the zip file and an "ACTION" (optional).

For the "TYPE", you have 3 possibilities: "RCP/RCS Zip", "Shape Zip" and "Other". In this case you have to select "RCP/RCS Zip" since you are uploading a ReCap project.

For the "ACTION", you have 2 possibilities: "Keep E57" and "Save origin file". If you want to keep the ZIP file that you are uploading so other users can download it afterwards, you should select "Save origin file". If you know that you will extract some parts of the project afterwards or you want to have the e57 of this project, you need to select "Keep E57". By default none of the "ACTION" is selected, which means that you will not keep the origin file (zip file) and you won't have the e57 file of this project. To find out more on how to upload files on a project, please read the article "Adding files"

Depending on the size of the project and your internet connection, this might take some time to be uploaded . Before launching the upload, you can activate the notification to receive an email when the file is ready to be viewed.

You will be able to view and work on your file when his status is "ACTIVE". To find out if your file is ready or if it has 360° images or if it is a structured file, you can go to the "project settings" -> "files" and find the list of available files and their status :

If you have any question or need any further information please contact the technical team.



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Editor : Alexis Helper
Creator : Alexis Helper
Last modification : 15/11/2021

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